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Tweet a Poll
By: Jessica Cherok
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Twitter has now introduced polls within tweets.  Well, sort of. The social media site is now allowing certain users to embed polls in tweets viewed from the mobile and desktop site.

Twitter, however, says that they are just experimenting with the ability to poll, so they may not be a permanent addition to the site.

Not everyone has the ability to embed polls, though. Certain verified accounts, such as Twitter employees and celebrity figures, are able to add polls to their tweets. Twitter users who are accessing the site from their mobile device or desktop are able to participate in the polling.

Despite calling the polls "experimental," it seems likely that this feature will be coming to everyone on Twitter eventually. After all, releasing it to the most prominent tweeters seems more like hype than experimenting.

Having polls within Twitter is great for the site. Currently, there are ways to put polls on Twitter, but not without having the participants leave for another site. Obviously, this leaves room for people to not return to Twitter. By embedding polls within the tweet, Twitter keeps the users and creates an interactive experience on its site.

Twitter has made no official comment yet.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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